Aquatic Invasive Species

This Zebra mussel photo has been enlarged to show detail; the mussels themselves are only about the size of your fingertip.

This Zebra mussel photo has been enlarged to show detail; the mussels themselves are only about the size of your fingertip.

The jewels of the Swan Valley—Swan, Holland, Lindbergh and numerous smaller lakes, as well as the Swan River itself, provide broad economic, social, ecological and recreational values. Protecting these gems is a high priority for Swan Valley Connections.

Aquatic invasive species (AIS) are knocking on our door, but thankfully dedicated organizations, from the Department of the Interior and the Forest Service to the State of Montana, the Flathead Basin Commission and our own Swan Lakers, are stepping up to ensure we prevent invasion by AIS.

Eurasian Water Milfoil

Eurasian Water Milfoil

In 2016, SVC is evaluating this emerging concern to strategize where we can best add value. We have convened a Swan Valley AIS Working Group and will work with this collaborative to create an AIS Strategic Plan specific to the Swan basin. We expect to have a plan for our involvement, as well as funding secured, to hit the ground running in 2017.


IMAGES: Zebra mussel- Amy Benson, USGS;
Eurasian Water Milfoil - Lake George Association